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Attorneys and Staff

Nathaniel K. Charny
Russell G. Wheeler
Benjamin N. Dictor
Catherine Kelly-Skeen

Nathaniel K. Charny

Nathaniel K. Charny, Attorney-at-LawNathaniel K. Charny



Nathaniel K. Charny received his undergraduate degree from SUNY Albany (magna cum laude, 1987) and his law degree from SUNY Buffalo School of Law (magna cum laude, 1991), where he was Note and Comment Editor of the Buffalo Law Review and Assistant Editor of In the Public Interest Law Journal.

Immediately following law school, he was appointed to a two-year position as Judicial Law Clerk for Hon. Alan N. Bloch, United States District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania in Pittsburgh (1991-1993).

Labor and Employment Legal Experience

Nathaniel has acquired a wide range of experience within the field of labor and employment law.

Since 1993, Nathaniel has engaged exclusively in the practice of labor and employment law representing individuals and union clients in litigation, administrative proceedings, collective bargaining and arbitration, as well as providing institutional clients with day-to-day counsel. Much of Nathaniel's work centers on employment matters, including employment contract negotiation, drafting and review, severance agreements, not-for-profit organizational development, wage and hour, discrimination, wrongful discharge, and breach of contract.

Nathaniel enjoys appointment as one of CSEA, Local 1000, AFSCME's Regional Attorneys, providing the full breadth of legal representation to municipal workers in Rockland and Westchester County.

Nathaniel served as Director of Legal Affairs for the Professional Staff Congress/CUNY, in New York City from 2005 through 2007, where he managed the full breadth of legal affairs for this 20,000-member union comprising faculty and professional staff of the City University of New York. His responsibilities included: counsel on all matters for the union; principle supervision of all litigation and administrative proceedings; advocacy at arbitration proceedings; creating and implementing legal strategies to advance the interests and rights of PSC members; and serving as legal counsel to union leadership.

From 1999 until 2002, he served as Assistant Counsel to the Writers Guild of America, East AFL-CIO, with primary responsibility for negotiating, implementing, and enforcing national, regional, and local collective bargaining agreements between writers and production companies and television networks.

From 1993 until mid-1997, Nathaniel was an associate attorney at the New York City labor law firm Cohen, Weiss and Simon, where he represented labor unions in federal and state court litigation, as well as in contract negotiations, grievance and arbitrations.

Teaching Experience

Nathaniel has equally broad and varied teaching experience. He has enjoyed appointment as Adjunct Professor at CUNY Queens College, Labor Resource Center, where he taught classes with a focus on labor and employment law, constitutional law and civil rights. Nathaniel was appointed Assistant Professor at the Culinary Institute of America, where he taught senior-level classes in labor relations and human resource management, leadership and organizational behavior to students working toward bachelor degrees.

Civic Involvement

Nathaniel is a member of the Town of Milan Planning Board, an appointed position providing planning board oversight in the Town of Milan.

Nathaniel is an active member of the Rhinebeck Rotary Club, including leadership in the Nicaragua Project, an annual service and cultural immersion exchange with Rhinebeck High School students traveling to Leon Nicaragua.

Nathaniel is a founding Board Member of the The Rhinebeck Science Foundation and is Board Member and Treasurer of Netroots Foundation.

Admitted to Practice Law in the Following Jursidictions

  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of New York
  • United States District Court for the Western District of New York
  • United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

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Russell G. Wheeler


Russell G. WheelerRussell G. Wheeler


Russell G. Wheeler received his undergraduate degree from the University of Oregon and his law degree from American University, Washington College of Law (magna cum laude, 2002), where he was an Articles Editor of the American University Law Review.

After law school, he served as a Judicial Law Clerk to Hon. F. Bradford Stillman, United States Magistrate Judge, United States District Court, Eastern District of Virginia in Norfolk, Virginia.

Legal Experience

Employment Discrimination and Wage and Hour

Russell works on employment discrimination matters brought under the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the New York Human Rights Law. He also represents employees in individual and class actions with respect to wage and hour claims.

Unemployment Compensation

Russell represents employees at New York State unemployment compensation hearings where employers have contested the receipt of unemployment benefits.

Criminal Defense

Russell defends individuals charged with felonies and misdemeanors in the County and Justice Courts of the Hudson Valley.

Prior Experience

Prior to joining Charny & Wheeler, Russell worked as an associate in the commercial litigation department of a New York City Am Law 100 firm, where he litigated matters involving catastrophic personal injury, products liability, mass tort and consumer class action. Russell has also represented indigent defendants as a staff trial attorney for a New York area legal aid society.

Admitted Jurisdictions

  • New York
  • United States District Court, Southern District of New York
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Professional Associations

Dutchess County Bar Association
New York State Defenders Association


Primary Author
The Increase In Deceptive Trade Practices Claims, Law 360, New York (Oct. 06, 2008) (with Richard Fama)

The ChemNutra Indictment: A Sign of Things to Come?
, FoodProductDesign (Jun. 10, 2008) (with Richard Fama)

Debate Room, Nanofood: Safe and Green Cuisine Businessweek.com (Mar. 17, 2009)

Case Notes: Third Party Beneficiary Claims Under New York Law, DRI Construction Law Committee Critical Path (Summer 2009) (with Vincent Pozzuto)

John J. McDonough, Undocumented Aliens and Medical Care Costs, The Defendant, the Journal of the Defense Association of New York (Fall 2009), at 1.


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Benjamin N. Dictor

Benjamin N. DictorBenjamin N. Dictor

Benjamin Dictor is an attorney with Eisner & Dictor, P.C. Benjamin primarily represents workers, labor unions and worker centers before state and federal courts, as well as administrative agencies at the federal, state and municipal level. His areas of practice include, collective bargaining, wage theft litigation, advising workplace organizing campaigns, employment discrimination, whistleblower protections, drafting and enforcement of employment agreements, unemployment insurance matters, arbitration and mediation of labor disputes, as well as matters before the National Labor Relations Board.

During his time with the firm, Benjamin has worked on a variety of cases that are important to immigrant and low-wage worker organizing, including Flaum Appetizing Corp., and the Hot & Crusty Workers Association historic campaign victory. The firm’s work on the campaign has been featured in the award-winning documentary titled, “The Hand that Feeds.”

Benjamin counsels a variety of worker centers, including the Damayan Migrant Workers Association, the Laundry Workers Center, and Justice First. He also advises organizing campaigns, and rank-and-file activists. He was recently invited by the National Lawyers Guild Labor and Employment Committee to serve as a panelist for their program “On Offense: Tactics for Worker Justice” to discuss the tactics and strategy used in the Hot & Crusty campaign.

Benjamin graduated with honors from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and the University of Florida. While attending law school, Benjamin worked as a clinician for the Cardozo Labor and Employment Clinic and was a staff writer on progressive labor issues for the Cardozo Jurist.

Prior to joining the firm, Benjamin was an organizer with the Industrial Workers of the World and a member of the Board of Directors of Planned Parenthood of Florida. He is currently a member of the National Lawyers Guild and the Lawyers Coordinating Committee of the American Federation of Labor / Congress of Industrial Organizations.

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Catherine Kelly-Skeen

Catherine Kelly-SkeenCatherine Kelly-Skeen

Catherine has been Office Manager and Legal Assistant with Charny & Wheeler since 2009. She assists with all aspects of litigation including case management, discovery and trial preparation.







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